SINGAPORE - Barely an hour into their first date at Jurong Bird Park, an accountant took the chance to fondle his date and molested her in the park. He first tried to touch her genitals after a hug, but she stopped him. However, that did not deter him from unhooking her bra while hugging her, and trying to look down her dress. When they returned to his car, he molested her again at the carpark - this time by touching her breast. On Thursday (July 26), Paul Cheng Jun Hong, 29, was sentenced to five months' jail after he pleaded guilty to molestation. The district court heard that Cheng had met his victim, a 28-year-old woman, through the online dating application, Coffee Meets Bagel. The two started chatting on July 24 last year, and Cheng tried to schedule a date with her on the same day. Although the woman initially refused as it would "be too fast", Cheng persisted, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Mark Yeo. The victim, who cannot be named due to a gag order, eventually agreed. He … [Read more...] about Singapore accountant jailed for molesting woman at Jurong Bird Park on their first Coffee Meets Bagel date
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By Ellie Advice Columnist Tues., June 26, 2018 I’m female, attractive, independent, early 40s, happily divorced. I’m emotionally ready for dating and a possible relationship. But it’s increasingly hard to meet new people, so I’ve turned to the internet. When a profile or message piques my interest, it often results in me doing a one-sided interview. I’m asking all the questions and the man’s providing short answers without asking anything about me. Article Continued Below I get frustrated and bored and see that he wasn’t interested in learning anything about me. I assume he’s either uninvested in the process, too shy for my liking, isn’t really single, etc. I move on. BUT this happens about 99% of the time. Am I giving up too soon/expecting too much? Is there a general expectation that a woman should be pursuing a man and divulging everything about herself without being asked? … [Read more...] about Am I giving up too soon on online dating?: Ask Ellie
SAN JOSE, California (REUTERS) - Facebook will offer its first dating service, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday (May 1), signalling the entry of the world’s largest social network into a growing market that sent shares of established dating site operators tumbling. Shares of Match Group, the owner of popular dating app Tinder, fell more than 18 per cent on the news. IAC , Match Group’s parent company, dropped almost 14 per cent. Zuckerberg told software developers at Facebook’s annual F8 conference that a dating service would be a natural fit for a company that specialises in connecting people online. “There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here,” Zuckerberg said. A dating service could increase the time people spend on Facebook and be a “big problem” for competitors such as Match, said James Cordwell, an analyst at Atlantic Equities. “But … [Read more...] about Facebook to offer dating service for first time
By Jennifer Miller The New York Times Tues., April 3, 2018 Over video, chat and text — though rarely in real life — digital dating coaches help you create a more attractive online profile, decipher your date’s cryptic text message and boost your confidence after an unsuccessful Tinder fling. These are not substitutes for a licensed therapist, but they’re convenient. “We strive for instant gratification,” said Liron Shapira, 30, co-founder of a chat-based Silicon Valley startup called Relationship Hero. “We give 24/7 service. If you want advice at 4 a.m., you can get it.” Like virtual brunch Online dating coaches have been around practically since online dating began, but their focus has shifted. In 2009, when Laurie Davis Edwards started a company called eFlirt Expert, her most popular offering was a dating “concierge” who would write client profiles, suggest potential matches and even respond to messages … [Read more...] about What can online dating coaches do for you in the Tinder era?
Traditionally, the first Sunday in January sees the highest traffic on dating sites and apps, as singles try to make good on their New Year’s resolutions to meet someone. As you’re setting up your profile, swiping and sending those first messages, here are some pieces of advice.1. Write a bio. This seems obvious. But so many people’s “about me” sections are blank! I shouldn’t swipe right on these guys, but sometimes I do. And occasionally I’ll send a message asking them to tell me something about themselves, pointing out that their bio is blank. Yes, dating apps are image-heavy, and some people will swipe left or right without even reading your bio. But that’s no reason to leave it blank. If you don’t put the minimum effort in to create an online dating profile, it shows you’re not taking it seriously and doesn’t bode well for the kind of effort and attention you might put into a date or a relationship. For certain … [Read more...] about 9 tips for upping your online dating game